I know this says Paynes Prairie but Lachua Trail is a part of that system is AMAZING!! I like to call it real Florida! Get ready to be amazed att all of the wildlife and sheer immensity of it all. Free fresh air everywhere you smell. Tends to be really crowded on the weekends but go anyway.
The bike trail through this park is our Florida favorite so far! And the walk out through the wetlands is fantastic. Who knew Florida was home to a bison herd? We loved watching the alligator hatchlings swimming around. And the potential for wildlife sightings is excellent! Visit this spot!
Payne's Prairie has a happy mixture of hiking trails. If you like, you can attempt one of the longer trail walks (not so good with kids), or you can opt for a walk of shorter duration. You can still see alligators, birds and wild horses on the latter. There is something truly magical about seeing these creatures in their native... 更多
We went there on a recommendation and we not disappointed. We were told to hike the La Chua Trail. The entrance to the La Chua trail is on the north end on the park, and not easy to find. We drove to the main entrance, and were given directions to find La Chua. We drove through the main entrance, and... 更多
It is bizarre after being in Gainesville surrounded by oaks with Spanih moss to come out onto this completely different landscape. One can walk out over a raised wooden walkway and see for miles around. A type of Everglades but all flat, one can envision alligators, snakes , frogs, and more, all living down there.
There are several ways to access this park. You can see the magnificent prairie (as far as the eye can see) if you're in a wheelchair or experienced hiker. At one point, alligators bask in the sun some five feet off the trail. Amazing park. Will return again and again.
This park is right on top of I-75 so you can hear the traffic but if you hike out on the plains in the early morning it is like going back in time. The grasses grow taller than a person and you can walk the bison trails never knowing what you might find. Tons of large gators in the lake.